Education and Workforce Development Committee Update
March 14, 2013

Budget Update

Below is a brief comparison of the Executive, Senate and Assembly budget proposals in relation to education and workforce development initiatives.

Executive. The Executive Budget proposal provides an $889 million increase in total school aid funding. State aid increases continue to be linked to compliance with the teacher and principal evaluation process; districts will be ineligible for school aid if they have not fully implemented the teacher evaluation process for the 2013-14 year by September 1, 2013. The budget provides a 3.3 percent increase in school aid for the 2014-15 school year, based on projected growth in New York State personal income.

Senate: Increases school aid $415 million above the Governor’s budget. Accepts the September 1 deadline and alignment of increased school aid with the implementation of a teacher and principal evaluation process. Rejects the Executive’s Early College High School proposal.

Assembly: Increases school aid $334 million over Executive budget proposal. Restores $240 million in school aid to New York City (Background: New York City lost this funding after the school district failed to reach a deal on teacher evaluations by the January 14 deadline, as required by state legislation passed in 2012). Assembly budget rejects implementation deadline of September 1 of the current year, and adds date for submission and implementation of an evaluation plan to January 15, 2014 and January 15, 2015. The Assembly allocates $35 million of the Executive’s proposed $75 million in New NY Education Reform Commission grants to total school aid, maintaining $40 million of the grants. Assembly reduces the amount allocated for the Early College High School Program and removes the provision that makes attainment of college credit a factor in receiving funding.

Executive: Education, Labor and Family Assistance (Part A) of the Executive Budget proposal adds a new section 4403-a to the state Education Law (waivers from certain duties). Allows school districts, BOCES and approved private special education programs to petition the SED for flexibility from certain special education mandates.

Senate: The Senate accepts the Executive Budget proposal.

Assembly: Rejects addition of this new section.

Executive: Transportation, Economic Development and Environmental Conservation (Part D) of the Executive Budget proposal includes the “Next Generation NY Job Linkage Program,” which would make community college funding in part dependent upon the college’s partnership with local employers and the regional economic development council, and the program’s alignment with the current or emerging workforce needs of the region. This includes a $5 million Next Generation NY Job Linkage Program Incentive Fund, for discretionary awards based on the number of students employed following the program, and their wage gains, as well as the number of degree and certificate completions and the number such completions by students who are at-risk or underrepresented within the field of study.

Senate: Rejects Executive Budget proposal.

Assembly: Rejects Executive Budget proposal.

Executive: $110 million to support the SUNY and CUNY 2020 initiatives.

Senate: Accepts the Executive proposal.

Assembly: Accepts $55 million for SUNY 2020, proposes $106 million in capital funds for CUNY.

New Assembly provision: A.3007-C (Part U) Creates the New York DREAM fund commission to advance educational opportunities for the children of immigrants.

Base aid to community colleges: Both the Senate and Assembly proposals increase community college base aid by $150 per student.